Classic Iceland

Classic Circle tour
9 days
Jun - Sep
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This comprehensive escorted tour shows you the ever-changing scenery of the Icelandic countryside- mountains and valleys, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, hot springs and waterfalls. Experience the wonderful diversity of the Icelandic landscape, as well as the culture and history of this unique land. 

Day 1 Reykjavik Arrival
On  arrival at Reykjavik's Keflavik Airport transfer by airport coach to your hotel. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykajvik. Please note dinner tonight is NOT included.

Day 2 Reykjavik - West Iceland: Land of Sagas
After a Reykjavík city tour head north from Iceland's capital to West Iceland, for an introduction to the Icelandic sagas in the settlement center in Borgarnes. The afternoon is filled with impressive natural spots: Deildartunguhver, one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe and Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into the river Hvítá. End the day with Icelandic history at the cultural site at Reykholt. Overnight and dinner at your hotel in West Iceland.

Day 3 West - North Iceland & Akureyri: Lava Fields and Volcano Crater
The day starts with climbing a volcano crater in an old lava field in West Iceland. Afterwards we travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland, and visit the beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland's second largest city. We stop at Goðafoss, "the waterfall of the Gods," before reaching our accommodation in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights with dinner at your hotel.

Day 4 Whale Watching, Geological Wonders and Myvatn Nature Baths
The day begins with a 3 hour whale watching cruise from Húsavík (weather permitting). We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile areas in the world so close to the Arctic Circle. The lake's unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, pseudo craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds. We stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir and soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths. 2nd night in Northwest Iceland with dinner at your hotel.

Day 5 From North to East: Waterfalls and the Highlands
We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð and seeing the impacts of volcanic activity at Krafla. Then we travel to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland, where we spend the night with dinner at your hotel.

Day 6  Fjords, Glaciers and Ice
Today we have the opportunity to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon we see Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier, visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop for a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón. The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park with dinner at your hotel.

Day 7 Vatnajökull National Park and the South 
Visit Skaftafell at Vatnajökull National Park, nestled below the glacier and Iceland's highest mountain, the 2110 metre high Hvannadalshnjúkur. Cross the sandy desert of the south coast, and travel along mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík. Iceland's past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Overnight in South Iceland with dinner at your hotel.

Day 8  Golden Circle  and Reykjavik 
Today we start with a horse show that introduces the unique qualities of Iceland's special and noble equine breed. The wonderful Golden Circle sights follow: Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls"; the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur "the churn" spout up to 25 metres (70 feet) every five to seven minutes. Then finally a visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park off before returning to Reykjavík. Overnight in Reykajvik. Please note dinner tonight is NOT included.

Day 9 Departure
Arrangements end with your transfer by airport coach back to Keflavik Airport.

Departures 2018: June 02, 16 and 30; July 14 and 28; August 11 and 25; September 08 and 22 (group size for all 2018 departures is 20 persons)

Includes: Accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities; return airport coach transfers; 7 day fully escorted tour with English speaking guide;  8 x breakfasts and 6 x 3 course dinners ; visit to two national parks; whale watching tour (weather permitting); boat trip on glacial lagoon (weather permitting); introduction to Icelandic horse; entrance fee to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn; admission to Icelandic Settlement Center; entrance fee to Skógar folk museum.

Excludes:  VIP seating being a guaranteed window seat plus the seat next door (so you actually have two seats).

Maximum Group size: 20 persons

Accommodation in the following hotels or similar: Fosshotel Reykjavík first & last nights; Fosshotel Reykholt West Iceland 2nd night; Fosshotel Húsavík Northeast Iceland 3rd & 4th nights; Hotel Hallormsstaður East Iceland 5th night; Hotel Skaftafell Southeast Iceland 6th night; Hotel Örk Hveragerði South Iceland 7th night

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5376.00
Single AUD$ 6940.00

Includes: Accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities; return airport coach transfers; 7 day fully escorted tour with English speaking guide;  8 x breakfasts and 6 x 3 course dinners; visit to two national parks; whale watching tour (weather permitting); boat trip on glacial lagoon (weather permitting); introduction to Icelandic horse; entrance fee to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn; admission to Icelandic Settlement Center; entrance fee to Skógar folk museum. Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

 

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